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Dollar holds steady in Asia on upbeat US manufacturing data

TOKYO--The dollar held steady in Asia on Tuesday after getting a lift from positive U.S. and Chinese manufacturing data, while speculation about further easing measures by the European Central Bank (ECB) held back the euro.

In Tokyo afternoon trading, the greenback fetched 102.37 yen, little changed from 102.36 yen in New York Monday afternoon, having made up ground from its 102.02 yen level in Tokyo earlier in the day.

The euro ticked up slightly to US$1.3602 and 139.26 yen on Tuesday against US$1.3595 and 139.19 yen in U.S. trade. The European single currency has faced selling pressure lately due to expectations of an interest rate cut by the ECB.

On Monday, the dollar rose as the Institute of Supply Management said its purchasing managers index of U.S. manufacturing activity rose in May to 55.4 from 54.9 in April. A reading above 50 indicates growth.

Bank of Japan (BOJ) Governor Haruhiko Kuroda repeated his view Tuesday that the BOJ would not hesitate to pull the trigger on more easing if necessary to boost the economy and achieve a target of stable 2.0 percent inflation by next year.

“I don't think the measures are limited,” he told parliament.

Investors are also looking ahead to eurozone unemployment and U.S. factory orders later in the day, as well as U.S. non-farm payroll figures at the end of the week.

The dollar was mixed against other Asia-Pacific currencies.

It fell to 1,023.90 South Korean won from 1,024.15 won on Monday, to 43.79 Philippine pesos from 43.86 pesos, and to 32.70 Thai baht from 32.87 baht.

The dollar inched to SG$1.2559 from SG$1.2560 while firming to 59.13 Indian rupees from 59.09 rupees, and to 11,807.50 Indonesian rupiah from 11,757.50 rupiah.

The Australian dollar fell to 92.49 U.S. cents from 92.59 cents while the Chinese yuan bought 16.36 yen against 16.35 yen.

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